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Call for Haiti rebuilding efforts

Aid workers have called for long-term rebuilding efforts to be stepped up in Haiti a year after the devastating earthquake.

The quake on 12 January 2010 resulted in the deaths of 220,000 people, with an estimated 1.5M left homeless.

Aid workers have faced numerous setbacks in the last 12 months, with an outbreak of cholera delaying recovery. But a year on from the disaster, it is hoped the fight against the disease is finally proving successful and said that efforts this year must focus on long-term reconstruction

Save the Children has reported that 380,000 children are living in squalid camps and desperately need better housing and schools.

Andy Powell, the charity’s safer construction programme manager, oversees a number of projects giving Haitians better access to schools, medical facilities and shelters. “Haiti has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the world. And I’m a big believer in education, it can break the cycle of poverty,” he said.

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